DL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11448 posts, RR: 74
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1723 times:
THe right answer is that you can get a stamp from whatever country you visit if you want simply by asking the customs/immigration officer at passport control at the airport/railway station where you are.
Ask nicely and they'll stamp the thing, even if you don't really need it.
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1714 times:
Obviously not required everywhere . . . my last passport was full as well . . . but mostly because I asked to have it stamped. There are places I went where I know the stamps are required - Curacao and the Azores come immediately to mind. That said, I've also been to Lisbon and didn't get a stamp there (Azores is part of Portugal), didn't get stamped in Barcelona either, but I did in Madrid? So perhaps it's up to the Immigration personnel in some places. Who knows. I ask for them when ever - just a collectible thing.
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1682 times:
Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 6): What's the deal with the stamps anyways? Are they required?
Passport stamps are the ONLY universally accepted way to prove "physical presence" in a specific country.
In countries where tax residency and tax liability is decided based upon the number of days a person spends in a specific country, passport stamps that clearly show dates of arrival and/or departure are of critical importance.